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Sighting Reports 2009

Two Claim To See Flying Disk - Photo Taken

Photo and Enlargement of Object.
Photo and Enlargement of Object.
(Note: Higher Pixel Density of Enlarged Object.)

Inverted Image of Photo. (No Evidence of Any "Suspension" Strings.)
Inverted Image of Photo.
(No Evidence of Any "Suspension" Strings.)

Massapequa is on the Southern Shore of Long Island About 25 Miles East of Downtown New York City.
Massapequa is on the Southern Shore of Long Island
About 25 Miles East of Downtown New York City.

Date of Sighting: September 7, 2009
Time of Sighting: 1:50 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: Massapequa, New York (See Map)

Description: My cousin and I were in his backyard when we saw a big round disk in the sky. I told him to take a picture and he did.

Note: The photo looks quite convincing, but the blowup shows some higher density of pixels in the disk versus the remainder of the photo indicating that it may not be part of the original photo and was inserted using photo editing software. However, the metadata does not indicate any program trail of fabrication. (This does not prove that the photo is authentic as the metadata can also be fabricated.) Inversion (see above) shows that no suspension strings were attached so if the disk was not added with image editing software then it was likely there. The photo was taken with a Tmobile Cell Phone. The witnesses have not responded to follow-up questions regarding their sighting.

Update - September 13, 2009: In view of comments received below from a reliable source who has good knowledge of photo analysis, this photo may be authentic and therefore not fabricated. The commenter raises a good point that the power pole shows a similar pixel structure that the disk shows. The only weak point of this report is that the witnesses did not respond to a follow-up questionnaire.

Comments Received on September 10, 2009: The comment you make about "higher pixel density" may not be entirely accurate.  In the attached photo (see below) I have copied and pasted the image of the power pole in the lower right corner alongside the disk image.  No zoom was involved - it is a straight-up comparison of two parts of the photo side-by-side.  I see no apparent difference in the granularity of pixels, and the pixilation around the two objects appears to be substantially the same, probably an image-encoding artifact. (Was the original a jpeg? The screen-capture method I used produced a bmp).  Note that the orientation of the cross-arm of the pole and the body of the disk are very similar, and produce similar pixilation.
 
Where there IS a higher density of pixels is in the blown-up image of the disk, but you will note that the pixels there do NOT correspond one-for-one with the un-zoomed disk image.  The apparent increase in pixel density seems to be caused by the blow-up process, and is not a reflection of the pixels found in the un-zoomed disk image.
 
So, I do not believe it is a manipulated photo, and furthermore, I don't think it is a thrown object like a pie-plate or frisbee.  Speaking as one who knows a fair bit about aerodynamics, it would be difficult to successfully throw an object of that shape any significant distance or height.  It would drop like a rock (or maybe even faster!) because an object with the profile shown would develop aerodynamic "lift" downwards - it is the vertical-inverse of an airfoil as typically exhibited by a frisbee-type object or a wing.  Try throwing a frisbee upside-down, or a pie-plate right-side-up: it doesn't fly at all!

Analysis of Photo by Commenter.
Analysis of Photo by Commenter.
(See Comments Above.)

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